322 take part in The Hindu-Young World painting contest
Kozhikode: It required careful scrutiny by the judges to choose the winner of a closely matched race in the senior category of the The Hindu-Young World Painting Competition 2009. Akshay Sanjeev of G.V.H.S. School, Balussery, Kozhikode, won the first prize for depicting on canvas the stunning details of a crowd watching a street-circus, with “incredible” sense of colour and “remarkable precision” in capturing the expressions of his characters. The contest was held at the Snehanjali Auditorium at Palayam on Saturday.
In the junior category, O.P. Neelima Nath of G.V.H.S. School, Koduvally, bagged the first prize. It was a portrayal of her “favourite” subject “to paint and practise too” — A Family outing — that won her the top honour.
S. Sidharth of Silver Hills Public School, Kozhikode, secured the second place in the senior category and M.K. Ananya of Seva Mandiram Post Basic School, Ramanattukara, Kozhikode, the third place.
In the junior section, I.C. Nihal, representing Azhikode South U.P. School, Kannur, won the second prize while K.P. Amaldev Nambiar of S.N. Vidyamandir, Thalap, Kannur, bagged the third prize.
As many as 322 contestants from the northern districts of the State, including Kozhikode, Kannur and Malappuram, participated in the event which saw young talents from more than 100 schools vying for honours.
The competition was held in two sections of junior and senior categories.
More than 50 per cent of the works were short-listed by the judges at the end of the two-hour session. Ten of the best entries were selected from the short-list and the first, second and third prizes were selected from it. The remaining seven paintings in the list were given consolation prizes in both categories. Also, participation certificates were distributed to all.
Art teachers Tejas Perumanna and Sister Shyla were on the judging panel while painter and art scholar Kabita Mukhopadhaya was the chief guest on the occasion.
Ms. Mukhopadhaya gave away the prizes to the winners and gave a talk putting the evolution of painting as an art form in perspective.
Maaza was the beverage sponsor for the event.
Pepsico Cheetos, Whoosh and Lottee Caramilk were the official sponsors of the contest.